Centers for Islamic studies have started to open in German universities with the collaboration of the German Science Council, the Star daily reported on Sunday.
According to the daily, Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) decided to establish these centers in accordance with the recommendations the German Science Council gave in 2010.
Tubingen University is one such university, which began classes at its Islamic Theology Center in the fall term of 2011. The University of Frankfurt, the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of Münster and the University of Osnabrück have been trying to complete the establishment of their centers for Islamic studies.
Ömer Özsoy, head of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion of Islam at the University of Frankfurt, reported that classes in the centers will be taught in German. Foreign lecturers will also give courses in English. The Islamic studies center in the University of Frankfurt curriculum will include many different fields in Islamic studies, such as Islamic law, history and philosophy. According to Özsoy, the program will require students to learn Persian or Ottoman Turkish in addition to Arabic. Graduates from the Islamic studies center at the University of Frankfurt will be given diplomas that will be internationally accepted by universities.
The number of Centers for Islamic Theology organized by the German Ministry of Science, which will receive financial support not only from Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate but also from the German Ministry of Science, are expected to increase. Islamic scholars from various countries including Turkey will also give courses.
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